by a pair of Vaudeville comedians
just as the Vaudville era was era was coming to a close, the musical revue Hellzapoppin'
became a runaway smash hit, and for a time, was the longest running show on Broadway.
It was a crazy quilt of frequently updated comedy and musical bits stitched together, featuring risque humor, fourth-wall breaking audience participation, skits abandoned halfway through, dwarfs, pigeons, clowns and Adolph Hitler with a Yiddish accent. [more inside]
Debuting 20 years ago
, In Living Color
launched the Hollywood careers of Jamie Foxx
, Jim Carrey
, David Allen Grier
of the Wayans family
, Jennifer Lopez
and Rosie Perez
. The comedy might not have aged all that well, but the musical performances and parodies are still a lot of fun. [more inside]